Three sisters reunite for a clambake on Cape Cod after their mother's death.

  • Sammy Zeisel
    The Care and Keeping of You, Cheese Shop
  • Beth Hyland
    Big Salad, Emma's Fest
  • Caitlin McCarthy
    The Last Stand of Bobby Coe, Trading Hearts with Victor Shaw, The Care and Keeping of You
  • Jefferson White
    Yellowstone, The Twilight Zone, The Alienist, How to Get Away With Murder
  • Ella Pennington
    Key Cast
    Cheese Shop
  • Anne Thompson
    Key Cast
    Chicago Med
  • Georgi McCauley
    Key Cast
    Trading Hearts with Victor Shaw
  • Caleb Fullen
    Key Cast
    The Detour
  • Carter Caldwell
    Key Cast
    "Connor "
    Book It!
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    comedy, drama
  • Runtime:
    27 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 10, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Sammy Zeisel

Sammy Zeisel is a theatre director and filmmaker currently pursuing his MFA in Directing at the Yale School of Drama. As a theatre director, he has worked with Steppenwolf Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Actors Gymnasium, Sideshow Theatre, Redtwist Theatre, Pivot Arts Festival, The Neighborhood, The Sound, among others. His first short film CHEESE SHOP screened at seven festivals (WINNER Best Director: Windy City International Film Festival, WINNER Audience Choice Award: IndieWorks NYC). Additionally, his short film THE CARE AND KEEPING OF YOU screened in Chicago at The Windy City International Film Festival, and he has produced and directed multiple short sketches with micro-budget production company Means of Productions. Education: Northwestern University, B.S. Theatre.

Add Director Biography
Director Statement

Now that more than a year has passed since my dad died, in many ways I understand my grief less than ever. I remember once, as a very little boy, watching my dad comfort a friend of his who had just lost his father. The friend asked him when it would get easier and my dad put his hand on his friend's shoulder and said, "Never." I am beginning to understand what he meant, but to fully accept it feels impossible.

Maya thinks that if she grieves "correctly" she will be able to save herself and her family from the thorniest aspects of loss. But it turns out grief cannot be contained or controlled. It works its way through a family in the same mysterious way that it works its way through the human body. Maya has to learn to lay back and let it wash over her.

This film looks at the way that grief manifests in a family, the way that it both unites and separates. It examines the untidy movement of absence. The film is a comedy: it highlights the pettiness, the clumsiness, the sheer absurdity that attend grief. Shot on the very beach where I scattered my father's ashes, the film is a love letter to a place and to the people we've lost.